This Week in farm to school: 4/4/17
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community.
Grants & Funding
1. Action for Healthy Kids Grants
Schools need resources to implement health and wellness practices that help students eat better and be physically active. Action for Healthy Kids’s School Grants for Healthy Kids can help your school health team achieve its goal to make every kid healthy and ready to learn. Action for Healthy Kids is now accepting grant applications for the 2017-2018 school year: School Breakfast Grants and Game on Grants. Applications are due Friday, April 7, 2017. Learn more here.
2. RFA: USDA Team Nutrition Training Grants
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released the Request for Applications for the FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants program. Team Nutrition Training Grants can be leveraged to expand and support statewide farm to school and farm to ECE efforts. Examples of previous Team Nutrition Grants for farm to school projects include: Colorado's CACFP: CHOP Program; Missouri's Growing with MO: Harvest of the Season; Montana's Harvest of the Month Program. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Promising Partnerships: Extension and Farm to Early Care and Education
New Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2pm ET - TODAY!
With the goal of bringing practical information to improve the lives of agricultural producers, consumers, families, and children, extension is a natural fit for partnership in farm to school and farm to early care and education (ECE) initiatives. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network, will be offering a webinar to share extension and farm to ECE partnerships and projects. Register here.
2. Webinar: Statewide Farm to ECE Network Building
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET
Statewide farm to early care and education (ECE) network building is a key approach to institutionalizing farm to ECE and increasing opportunities for all children, families, and communities to reap the many benefits of farm to ECE. Join us for the April NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar where we will hear from Emily Jackson of the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network and Erin Croom of the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition who will share models from their states and identify keys to success in building a statewide farm to ECE network. This webinar is open to the public so please share through your networks. Register here.
1. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Explore the Rankings & Roadmaps here.
1. 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is committed to addressing all forms of racism in our food system. FSNE believe that we cannot talk about and work for sustainability, food security, and economic prosperity in our region without facing the realities of discrimination and social inequity in our food system and beyond. You’re invited to join FSNE’s 2017 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: April 9 - April 29. Sign up here.
1. Farm to School Program Coordinator
South Carolina Farm to School seeks a Farm to School Program Coordinator. The Farm to School Coordinator will plan, develop and implement the SC Farm to School Program. Responsibilities include working with grants, providing training and technical assistance for the program, identifying training and technical assistance voids in the Farm to School community and filling these needs by modifying existing resources and/or creating new program offerings. Applications are due April 16. Learn more here.
2. Communications Coordinator
Georgia Organics seeks a Communications Coordinator to join its team. The Communications Coordinator conveys Georgia Organics' programmatic impact to the public, strengthens our brand, strategically leverages digital platforms to remain relevant, and builds donor and stakeholder loyalty and trust through effective storytelling. Applications due May 1. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Columbus schools using more Ohio-produced food
Columbus City Schools serves 3 million apples to students every year. “Prior to this year, because we never asked, our apples were coming from Washington state.” Now, they’re saving more than $40,000 in transportation costs by purchasing apples from Ohio growers. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Farm to school advocates gather in California
Nearly 350 people turned out for a three-day event aimed at getting more wholesome food into student meals. “Farm to school is all about connecting the classroom, the cafeteria and the community.” said Helen Dombalis, Programs Director for the National Farm to School Network. (The Modesto Bee)